SYDNEY, Australia, October 31 /PRNewswire/ --

- Citation Data Will be Used by Australian Government to Determine Funds Allocation and Measure the Quality of Research

Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, announced today that it will provide citation data to Australia's Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). The data will support DEST in implementing the Research Quality Framework (RQF).

DEST is the Australian government department responsible for administering the public funding of higher education and for developing and administering higher education policy and programs. This partnership quickly follows a recent agreement between Thomson Scientific and the Innovative Research Universities Australia to provide National Citation Reports and University Science Indicators to six member universities. In addition, all the universities in Australia currently have access to Thomson Scientific's ISI Web of Knowledge.

"We are delighted that DEST has chosen us as its partner and proud that our data will be used to support an important nation-wide project on the scale of the RQF," said Jeroen Prinsen, director of sales, Thomson Scientific ANZ. "Our ever-growing presence in Australia reflects our position as an authoritative, quantitative information provider."

Today, Australia ranks among the top 10 nations for the influence enjoyed by its scientific papers, with 2894 papers among the top one percent cited from 1996 to 2006. The RQF will play a key role to ensure that research conducted in Australian institutions is rigorously assessed through internationally recognized processes to maintain its high quality.

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